Tuesday 03 07 2018
Dr Alan Goodall, who is known globally for his scientific research into the behavioural ecology and conservation of rare mountain gorillas in Central Africa, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from UWS at its graduation ceremony on Wednesday 4th July at Paisley Abbey.
Dr Goodall has close links with UWS and was a lecturer in environmental biology at the former Paisley College of Technology (now UWS) from 1974-1990.
Conducting his research at the Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda, where he was Director between 1987-1989 (during a sabbatical from the Paisley College of Technology), and the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in Zaire, his work has been extensively documented, including in his book ‘The Wandering Gorillas’.
"I am delighted to receive this Honorary Doctorate. UWS has not only grown in size since I was a lecturer here over forty years ago, it now also excels in areas which are close to my heart - teaching and research excellence, and student support, all with an international outlook."Dr Alan Goodall
Commenting on his Honorary Doctorate Alan said: “I am delighted to receive this Honorary Doctorate. UWS has not only grown in size since I was a lecturer here over forty years ago, it now also excels in areas which are close to my heart - teaching and research excellence, and student support, all with an international outlook. The creation of CAREED (Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development) adds another dimension for me - where ‘Dreaming, Believing and Achieving’ can be brought from this University in Scotland to the African continent and beyond."
Alan, who is a qualified teacher, has a real passion for the development of technologies in education. Following his time at the Paisley College of Technology (now UWS) he took up the post of Director of AV Media Services at the University of Strathclyde. He was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1999 to research the role of virtual reality technology in education.
From 1999 - 2004 Alan was the first Honorary Consul for Rwanda in the Scottish Parliament -with a remit to help with their rebuilding after the war and genocide in 1994.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: "Alan is an incredibly deserving recipient of this honour and I am delighted that we are able to award him with an Honorary Doctorate. As a former colleague we are extremely proud of the important role his research has played in the conservation of mountain gorillas in Central Africa and the work he did with the Scottish Parliament in helping the rebuilding in Rwanda, after the war and Genocide in 1994."